Spinning back up to speed, here's a filter pass on the weekend+week that was 9/18-22, which I spent traveling to and in Boston*. Wonderful weather - when I was able to escape - and some good times and excellent meals punctuated a busy week of attending a conference and visiting customers. Probably the best thing that happened was I maintained my planned habit of working out every morning, probably the worst was that I didn't maintain my planned habit of blogging every night...
I've been largely ignoring the 2010 Vuelta, but Vincenzo Nibali shows strength, smarts in defending Vuelta lead. Good for him. A day later he won the overall title, capping a most entertaining and interesting grand tour. Congrats to Tyler Farrar who won the final stage and several other sprints besides. I wish I had paid it more attention, the organizers have definitely shaken things up for the better.
An interesting book to seek out: The Matchbox that Ate the Forty Ton Truck. *Not* on Kindle however - possibly because it has a lot of diagrams? That will need to get fixed.
Scott "Dilbert" Adams' latest mindbomb: The Opinions of Attractive People. "Imagine a web site that allows any adult to post a ten-second video that is nothing but a statement of opinion, showing only the speaker's face... Visitors to the site would be able to vote on the videos, based on agreement with the opinions, or the general attractiveness of the speaker." Interesting. We definitely put more stock into the opinions of attractive people, whether we want to or not... look at celebrity endorsements. I also love this: "If it sounds like the dumbest idea in the world, remember that you didn't think of Twitter." Good point.
Mobius strip comic strip. How awesome is that? It does complicate distribution somewhat...
Restaurants using wine lists on the iPad are reporting increased sales. I think we're going to have to concede there is a "there" there with the iPad; there's something happening here, but what it is isn't exactly clear :) It just shows up everywhere. [ via Kottke ]
Apropos: the time is now for digital textbooks. As a parent with two high-schoolers and one collegian, the time is *now*. The iPad would seem to have the perfect form factor - color and diagrams and formatting preserved etc. - but the ecosystem hasn't formed yet. It will.
I want one! 23 great space missions, all on one T-shirt. Donations made to the Planetary Society. How many of these can you name?
From the horse's mouth, the Wave of the Day. Awesome!